World Record (WR) holder, Usain Bolt was hoping to produce his best performance at the ongoing World Championships, as he took to the track to run the final race of his legendary career, by anchoring Jamaica to victory for the last time in the men’s 4x100m final.
The Jamaican had things in place all worked out by his teammates, with Omar McLeod taking the lead off leg to hand over to Julian Forte and then to Yohan Blake, who had this stage was in 3rd position to get it over to Bolt, to expectedly get things done by accelerating to the finish line with the hope of the Gold medal to mark an end to his legendary career.
Unfortunately, it was not to be a fairytale career ending for Bolt, as he pulled up a cramp in his left hamstring, almost 10m after receiving the baton, thereby stopping him from racing further and inevitably putting an end to the hopes of a podium finish.
After the race, the Jamaican team doctor disclosed “its cramp in his left hamstring, but a lot of pain is from disappointment from losing the race.”
Not only was it a disappointment to the multiple World Champion, but also to the fans at the stadium and around the world, who were expecting to see the usual Bolt showoff at the end of a final championship race.
Though not the kind of career ending fans would have wished for, it can be understood that the greatest sprinter of all time gave his best even till his last race, and a vacuum has been left that cannot be filled for a very long time.